Looking Into 2010

2009 was a very exciting year for our ministry here in La Ceiba, Honduras. 2010 looks to be very promising in its own way.

Team: Including us there are currently four adults on our team. Another family, the Clows, will join us within a couple months. We have four others going through the support raising and language process this year.  The four others will not join us until 2011.

Property: We eagerly await the final government approval for two properties we purchased in 2009. Both properties will serve as ministry centers for our work. We anticipate performing lots of construction on both parcels.

Scholarships: We are launching a scholarship program to get three poor children from Armenia Bonito into high school. This is a rare blessing that only 1/3 of Honduran children can afford.

Short-term Mission Teams: In 2009 we hosted six mission teams. In 2010 we are scheduled to receive 11 mission teams from churches all over the U.S. This is a huge blessing for our ministry and us.

Furlough: Our mission agency, MTW, requires us to take a brief furlough following our two-year anniversary. In September we will return to California for several months. We will then spend several months in Arizona. Our furlough will conclude with a brief stint in Georgia. This mandatory time outside of Honduras is designed to help us rest, reconnect with our culture and share God’s work with our supporters. We will return to Honduras when our furlough is over. In all, we will spend seven months in the U.S. We will leave September, 2010 and return April, 2011.

Family: Maddy will conclude her 8th grade year at her current school. Because of our furlough we will home school Madison for her 9th grade year starting in September.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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